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Posted on 10 March 2010 by

Battling Salmonella in Tomatoes

roma-tomato.JPGBy Vanessa Richins

Last summer, headlines everywhere blazed about a salmonella scare that was supposedly connected to tomatoes.

Many stores and restaurants stopped carrying our favorite fruit for a while, severely hurting the tomato industry.

As Michelle Fabio pointed out here last year, ” a report from the University of Georgia estimates that the salmonella scare of this past summer cost Georgia’s economy approximately $25.7 million–and that is just one state.”

Later, the FDA changed their position and said the outbreak was actually caused by jalapeño peppers.

However, this doesn’t mean that Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 21 December 2008 by

Tomato Industry Trying to Climb Its Way Back

By Michelle Fabio

The economy isn’t looking good anywhere, but tomato growers are slowly getting back in the produce game after the several months-long salmonella scare earlier this year, according to an article in the Bradenton Herald in Florida.

Lower prices are encouraging consumers to come back to tomatoes, which is great for tomato growers, but now they have even more concerns, including food safety and new regulations mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) such as restrictions on soil fumigants that combat pests, diseases, and pathogens.

Tomato growers must also have a buffer zone between treated fields and home and schools.

How low are the prices going? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 06 October 2008 by

Lawmakers Seek Compensation for Salmonella Summer

By Michelle Fabio

Remember the Salmonella Scare from this past summer?

The one in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers about certain tomatoes, blaming our beloved ‘maters for over 1,000 illnesses and 200 hospitalizations around the country, but then backtracked and said that, on second thought, it looks like it was really jalapeño peppers that were the cause?

Well, a report from the University of Georgia estimates that the salmonella scare of this past summer cost Georgia’s economy approximately $25.7 million–and that is just one state.

To no one’s surprise, this past summer, eight Florida lawmakers introduced a bill asking for $100 million for tomato growers and others affected by what many claim was the FDA’s mishandling of the salmonella scare, and now, in a separate request, Georgia Representative Sanford Bishop (D) is asking the House of Representatives to consider giving $100 million to make up for such losses.

“We cannot have another summer like the past one,” Bishop said. “As long as this country produces a domestic supply of food and fiber, we will have incidences of contamination every now Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 21 August 2008 by

Tomatoes May Fight Salmonella!

By Michelle Fabio

A study recently reported in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has shown that along with konjac gum, sesame seed, yeast and pumpkin, tomatoes may actually offer protection against certain strains of Salmonella bacteria and E. Coli.

The study out of Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands found that these foods act as “binders” for bacteria, so that bacteria attaches to them rather than to your cells, lowering chances of gastro-intestinal infections from such bacteria and/or lessening symptoms.

Dr. Petra Becker, who led the study, said, “The importance of fibre, particularly from certain foodstuffs, in maintaining Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27 July 2008 by

World Health Organization Sets Classes of Tomatoes

By Michelle Fabio

On the heels of the recent salmonella outbreak in the United States that may or may not be linked to tomatoes, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that tomatoes be classified into groups to aid in trading and the setting safety standards, helping to prevent future similar contaminations.

This announcement came after a week-long, 124-country meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a food safety body who aims to “improve the quality and safety of fruit and vegetables,” according to WHO scientist Peter Ben Embarek.

Under the international code, tomatoes are to be classified by their size, shape, color, firmness and defects.

“Now it is much clearer for everybody what Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 18 July 2008 by

FDA Says Tomatoes Safe to Eat

By Michelle Fabio

After being under investigation as the possible cause of a recent salmonella outbreak in America, tomatoes have been ruled safe to eat by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA has now turned its attention to raw jalapeño and serrano peppers as the possible culprit; the confusion as to whether tomatoes had been involved may come from the fact that both of these ingredients are found in Mexican foods like salsa which many of those affected had eaten.

No tomatoes from farms in Mexico and southern Florida have tested positive for the rare Saintpaul strain of salmonella that has caused over 1,000 illnesses in Read the rest of this entry »


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